Category Archives: Controls

Cybersecurity: Get your mind right

It’s time to think differently about cybersecurity. As was famously noted in the classic movie, Cool Hand Luke, you have to “get your mind right” and accept some fundamental principles, if not truths. You are never done. Sure, you can comply with a regulation or standard, but compliance isn’t security, perhaps the most frequently repeated […]

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Ovation Users’ Group, meeting highlights

Controls platform expands envelope of services, functions The numbers are tough to defeat. During the five-year period 2000-2004, around 200,000 MW of gas-fired capacity was installed in the US. The expected life of the control systems for those facilities is far less than the physical components—the steam turbine, for example—considering the dizzying progress with digital […]

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Cogen plant in the oil patch gets a controls makeover

Replacing and upgrading controls systems serving gas-turbine (GT) cogeneration facilities installed one, two, and three decades ago continues unabated. CCJ editors recently visited one such plant in the California oil patch and discussed controls-related experience with the plant manager (PM). Evidence of this manager’s I&C chops were additionally revealed in a 1991 ASME paper he […]

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